NICKELBACK

(CANADA)

FEED THE MACHINE

(2017)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

GRUNGE

/ ALTERNATIVE METAL
TAGS:
Easy-Listening, Melancholic, Rasping vocals
"Nickelback has reached another level by continuing its mutation without disfiguring its identity made of this unique mix of energy and melody, power and melancholy, anger and hope."
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We had left Nickelback in 2014 with a "No Fixed Address" which did not hesitate to take certain risks by proposing some artistic evolutions. If the critics' reservations had been swept away by public support and massive sales (4th on the Billboard 200), this idyllic picture had been overshadowed by the cancellation of almost all the dates of the tour that was to follow. Indeed, Chad Kroeger had had to be operated on for a cyst in his vocal chords and it was unimaginable that the quartet could perform on stage without its charismatic leader. Three years later, the Canadians are back with a new opus, still co-produced with Chris Baseford (Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Slash...) and entitled "Feed The Machine".

With the eponymous title opening the hostilities, Nickelback and Chad Kroeger reassure fans and critics alike. Energetic and melodic, this track, chosen to be the first single, proves to be both twilight and disenchanted. The restraint of the verses alternates with the power of the chorus for an ensemble at the limits of hard-rock, neo-grunge and alternative metal. The vocals are impeccable and don't let any after-effects appear, while some slight electro elements come to marry with the big riff of the guitars they reinforce. A perfect balance between the identity forged by the band since its beginnings and the evolutions that appeared on the previous album, this track shows a flawless grip while keeping the melody at the forefront. Far from limiting itself to this track alone, Nickelback pushes the nail in with 'Coin For The Ferryman' which follows with its aggressive chorus, its slamming rhythm and its jerky and epileptic passages.

The sequel offers some more classical moments, especially with the famous ballads with the unmistakable trademark but still as efficient catchy ('Song Of Fire', 'After The Rain'), or the mid-tempo 'Home' reminiscent of 'How You Remind Me' ("Silver Side Up" - 2001). The finale sees the intensity fade in stages and with mastery with the more muscular pop-rock of 'Silent Majority', followed by the electro-acoustic and luminous power-ballad 'Every Time We're Together', and ending with the surprising instrumental and acoustic ballad 'The Betrayal (Part I)' whose softness is coloured by a light touch of melancholy. But before that, the Kroeger brothers' gang will have thrown out a few big bursts with a catchy and groovy 'Must Be Nice' with its chanting verses, a powerful and jerky 'For The River' with a superb solo, and above all 'The Betrayal (Part III)' whose anger explodes with a rare violence on its chorus.

Once again, Nickelback will undoubtedly sell wagons of his new opus. As usual, this album won't escape the quarrels that the band's protean identity provokes when it navigates between several territories to the great despair of fundamentalists of all kinds. Yet, with a minimum of objectivity, it will be easy to recognize that the Canadians have reached another level by continuing their mutation without disfiguring their identity made of this unique mix of energy and melody, power and melancholy, anger and hope.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Feed The Machine - 5:02
02. Coin For The Ferryman - 4:50
03. Song Of Fire - 3:50
04. Must Be Nice - 3:42
05. After The Rain - 3:34
06. For The River - 3:28
07. Home - 3:52
08. The Betrayal (act Iii) - 4:20
09. Silent Majority - 3:52
10. Every Time We're Together - 3:52
11. The Betrayal (act I) - 2:42

LINEUP:
Chad Kroeger: Chant / Guitares
Daniel Adair: Batterie
Mike Kroeger: Basse
Ryan Peake: Guitares / Choeurs
   
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